This multi-purpose family vehicle is both sporty and practical. Its sleek appearance is in style with all other Ford cars, and its somewhat box-shaped rear is made to accommodate a vast amount of luggage, making it a perfect seven seat family car. All of the Galaxy’s models come with alloy wheels and cost upwards of £25,000 depending on the variant chosen. The insurance group ranges from 10 to 11 and it sits between tax bands of E and F.
The dashboard of this vehicle feels of a premium quality. It houses a computer display that rivals that of its contenders. The handbrake lever is uniquely shaped like the letter ‘U’ and is thoughtfully placed at the centre of the two front seats.
The spectacular view from the middle row seats is definitely worth a mention. The middle row of seats also come equipped with seat-back tray tables akin to those on airliners – handy for the kids to do their colouring (if you dare let them loose with the crayons in the car!) . The vehicle comes with small enclosed spaces that run along the centre of the inner roof to accommodate for the odd small item that needs to be tucked away. More storage can be found at the top of the dashboard, doors and armrests of the third row seats. The seats also fold to the floor, thus increasing the vehicles luggage space when required, and adds to the versatility of this MPV.
There a total of six engine variants available, including a 2.0 and 2.3 litre petrol and two choices of 1.8 and 2.0 litre diesel engines. A choice can also be made between the 6 speed automatic and the 6 speed manual transmission systems. For many families the diesel will represent the best value for money in the long-term, and would be the engine to choose if you’re looking for the best MPG.
The 1.8 litre diesel engine clocks 60 miles per hour in just 11.1 seconds, with a maximum speed of 116 miles per hour. The 2.0 litre diesel engine is available in 128bhp (brake horsepower) and 138bhp with a 0-60 mph time of 11.8 and 9.9 seconds respectively. Carbon dioxide emissions range between 139 to 189 grams per kilometre. These depend on the version of the vehicle chosen and will affect the road tax band that this car is classified in.
What’s the Handling & Safety Like?
The vehicle uses the popular Ford chassis and enjoys a good response whilst steering. The suspension system is adjusted automatically every 0.2 seconds for an ideal ride. The on-board computer is incorporated to continuously control the vehicle’s damping and provide a smoother ride. Its lowered centre of gravity makes one feel like they are handling a smaller vehicle, not a large people carrier. The vehicle comes with 3 cockpit airbags with 1 for the driver’s knees, 2 for the middle row and 2 for the back row seats.
It also contains an electronic stability program, incorporating features to prevent brake locks, brake force distribution that is electronically controlled, brake assistance during emergency stops and headlamps with directional capabilities when turning. Together these safety features made this vehicle garner a 5 star rating after a series of EuroNCAP crash tests.
This seven seater car comes with front and back parking sensors, front windscreen heating, voice controlled Bluetooth and climate control features. The windows and driver’s seat height are electronically adjustable. Some versions also come with automatic lights and wipers, connectivity to USB, a DAB radio, sports seats, cruise control and auto-dimming rear view mirrors. Top of the range vehicles includes a leather trim, a roof with a panoramic view, satellite navigation, xenon headlights and a wood finish interior trim.
Overall we were very impressed with the Ford Galaxy – it is a highly versatile and practical seven seat family car, that is fully kitted with all of the latest gadgets and safety features you would expect for a vehicle in this class. Unlike some other seven seaters, adults can gain easy access and would be comfortable sitting in the rearmost row of seats for long journeys. Consequently this is a highly recommended vehicle for the family market, and you have the high reliability and service levels you would expect from Ford.